Lamar Community College (LCC) is thrilled to announce the appointment of its new Director of Athletics & Wellness Center, Benjamin Griffin, who brings a wealth of experience and passion to oversee LCC’s athletic programs.
“First and foremost, I want to thank President Rosana Reyes and Chad DeBono, as well as the search committee, for this incredible opportunity. I am grateful for their faith in granting me the opportunity to lead the Runnin’ Lopes athletics department,” Griffin shares his appreciation.
Growing up on the East Coast, Griffin immersed himself in various sports, eventually playing collegiate Division 3 soccer. A family-oriented individual, he enjoys spending time with his family and actively coaches youth sports, embodying a passion for both athletics and community engagement. Having recently welcomed a daughter, he and his wife now have a total of six children in their blended family.
His journey in athletic administration reflects versatility and commitment. From serving as an academic advisor during his time as a graduate assistant while pursuing a master’s degree, to donning the mascot costume at California State University Stanislaus, and eventually becoming an Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations, he has explored diverse aspects of the athletic landscape.
While compliance has been a primary focus in his career, he has also taken on roles as a sports administrator, overseeing both men’s and women’s soccer at a previous institution. His experience in compliance provided valuable insights into working closely with coaches and student-athletes. Serving as the advisor of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, he actively engaged in student-athlete involvement and gameday operations, demonstrating a deep understanding of the multifaceted aspects of sports administration.
Griffin is driven by a lifelong dream to hold the position of Athletic Director. Passionate about athletics, he reflects on the profound impact of sports: “I enjoy working in athletics, and I have seen the powerful changes that athletics has brought not only into my life, but others’ as well. I see the potential within Lamar, and as we work together, we can change the lives of our student-athletes, the community, and ourselves.”
His vision for the future of LCC’s athletic department is characterized by dynamism and inclusivity. Griffin, in collaboration with administration and the rest of the athletic department, aims to create an environment that fosters the holistic development of student-athletes, empowering them to thrive not only in sports but also in various aspects of their lives. This comprehensive approach aims to shape well-rounded individuals who contribute positively to both their academic pursuits and the broader community, emphasizing the interconnectedness of athletic achievement with personal growth, academic accomplishments, and community involvement.
Griffin has clear goals: facility upgrades, securing a full-time athletic trainer, implementing a sports marketing program, and enhancing the competitiveness of Runnin’ Lopes Athletics. These objectives reflect a commitment to both infrastructure improvements and elevating the overall performance and visibility of the athletic department.
Envisioning the athletic department’s contribution to the broader community, Griffin’s plans include the establishment of a Student Athlete Advisory Committee involved in community projects, school outreach programs, and collaborations with local businesses. Additionally, his department aims to host camps and clinics with improved facilities, directly benefiting the community.
Excited about the journey ahead, he conveyed gratitude for the opportunity to lead the Runnin’ Lopes’ athletic department. “As we begin this new chapter, I want to express my commitment to building a thriving athletic community that extends its positive impact beyond the playing field. I am excited about the journey ahead and grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Director of Athletics & Wellness Center.”